For me, 2016 has been such a crazy, jam-packed year and I can’t believe how quickly it flew by. I can’t wait to share with you all my ‘Reflecting on 2016’ post which will be so much more detailed, giving a complete overview on some of the memories I made over the course of the year; for now, I thought I’d share 16 things I achieved in 2016.
1 – I successfully reached my first year of blogging anniversary
Way back in February, it felt so crazy that I had been part of the blogging community for an entire year so it feels pretty unbelievable knowing my two-year anniversary is right around the corner! Although some of my original posts are extremely cringe-worthy, I love knowing how much I have improved since then.
2 – I survived my first year of sixth form
My first year of sixth form in Year 12 was pretty tough and felt like such a drastic change from GCSE to A Level, but somehow I managed to stick through it and got through it. Currently, Year 13 is proving to be even more challenging and is definitely testing my patience a lot more than last year.
3 – I received my first ever PR mail and worked with several brands
I love watching and reading branded YouTube videos and blog posts by fellow bloggers so to have had the opportunity to work with brands myself this year was so incredible. I can only hope that I have more opportunities like this in 2017.
4 – I passed my driving theory test
This year I started driving lessons and somehow managed to pass my theory test first time. You wouldn’t believe how thrilled and proud of myself I was, even though I still have my official driving practical test to do.
5 – I passed all of my AS Level exams
Ok, I may have not passed with flying colours, but I still passed! Thankfully, my results don’t count for anything and aren’t carried on to my official end A Level grade so I have plenty of time to *hopefully* improve on my results.
6 – I wrote and uploaded 70 posts
My total amount of uploaded blog posts is currently at 125 and I can’t wait to write even more this year, hopefully at a better quality and more frequently. It can be difficult to find the time to upload occasionally while also juggling a part time job, driving lessons and a boat load of coursework, homework and revision for sixth form, but uploading a post always seems to feel so rewarding.
7 – I reached 12k views on my blog
Although not necessarily a huge number when competing with other famous bloggers and vloggers, twelve thousand is a huge number for me! For that number of people to have took them time out of their day to read something little old me wrote is honestly unbelievable.
8 – I managed to ‘make peoples day’???
One of my favourite things to write about on my blog are other people whose videos or blog I enjoy reading/watching. For people who I write about to then acknowledge my posts about them and say such lovely things like “this has made my day”, “thank you so much for your kind words, I’m overwhelmed”, “you’re an absolute gem”, “this is seriously so sweet of you” and “this is incredibly kind of you” just fills me with too many emotions to list. It honestly is the best feeling in the world.
9 – I reached my two-year anniversary of my job
It feels pretty ridiculous that I’ve been working now for over two years as it literally feels like yesterday that I went for my trial or got the phone call that the job was mine.
10 – I learnt to drive
Although I’m still learning and progressing, I’d say that I’m now pretty capable of driving. I can’t wait until I finally pluck up the courage to book my practical test and then eventually feel confident enough to drive places by myself (and no longer have to use public transport!!!)
11 – I got back into reading
This many not seem like much of an achievement as it is a hobby for many, but reading is something I enjoy so much but have mentioned before that I rarely find the time to do so. This year I read many books and MADE the time to read. It felt great! I can’t wait to read so much more in 2017 and may even do some book reviews on my blog too!
12 – I begun to drink water pretty regularly
This may seem like a stupid “achievement” but for someone who HATED drinking water this time last year, I’m pretty proud of myself. I now make it a priority to drink at least a litre and a half of water every day.
13 – 0.2 seconds of fame
Back in May, I managed to feature in Oli White’s vlog of his Newcastle ‘Generation Next’ signing. Yes, it may have only been for a split second and I was only a blurred blob, you couldn’t even tell it was me; however, I was pretty damn pleased with myself.
14 – I applied for University
I made one of the first adult-y decisions of my life, deciding what Uni I wanted to attend and which courses I wanted to do. Although the process was stressful, I couldn’t have been more proud of myself for making such a big decision.
15 – I was offered a University place
I have been lucky enough to be offered three University places so far and I couldn’t be happier and prouder about it. Hopefully in the summer I’ll be able to get my required grades to confirm one of my places.
16 – I became a happier, more positive version of myself
Although I did so many amazing things in 2015, I definitely wasn’t anywhere near as confident, positive or happy as I currently am. There have been so many changes in my life this year that I’m so thankful for as they have changed me little by little but definitely for the better.